Anatoly Karpov (twelfth World Chess Champion) Bio

Mar 14, 2015, 3:27 PM |

Anatoly Karpov

Twelfth World Chess Champion



Anatoly Karpov was the twelfth World Chess Champion. He was born May 23rd 1951 Zlatoust, Russia. Karpov was a Russian grandmaster. He held the title from 1975 to 1985 then lost it to Garry Kasparov. In 1993, after playing 3 matches, Anatoly Karpov regained the crown.


            Karpov's "boa constrictor” playing style is solidly positional, taking no risks but reacting mercilessly to any tiny errors made by his opponents. As a result, he is often compared to his idol, the famous José Raúl Capablanca, the third World Champion. Karpov himself describes his style as follows:


“Let us say the game may be continued in two ways: one of them is a beautiful tactical blow that gives rise to variations that don't yield to precise calculation; the other is clear positional pressure that leads to an endgame with microscopic chances of victory.... I would choose the latter without thinking twice. If the opponent offers keen play I don't object; but in such cases I get less satisfaction, even if I win, than from a game conducted according to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic.”


            Anatoly Karpov had an extensive stamp collection of Belgium philately and Belgian Congo stamps and postal history covering mail from 1742 through 1980. They were sold by David Feldman's auction company between December 2011 and 2012. He is also known to have a large chess stamp and chess book collections. Karpov’s private chess library consists of over 9000 books.


Viktor Korchnoi versus Anatoly Karpov



1. Nf3Nf6 2. g3b5 3. c3Bb7 4. a4a6 5. e3Nc6 6. d4e6 7. b4Be7 8. Nbd2Na7 9. Bd3O-O 10. e4d6 11. O-Oc5 12. bc5dc5 13. Bb2Nc6 14. e5Nd5 15. ab5ab5 16. Qb1cd4 17. cd4h6 18. Bb5Qb6 19. Be2Ra1 20. Ba1Qa7 21. Nc4Rb8 22. Bb2Ba6 23. Qc2Qb7 24. Ba1Ncb4 25. Qd2Rc8 26. Ne3Ne3 27. Qe3Be2 28. Qe2Rc2 29. Qd1Qc6 30. h3Nd5 31. Qd3Qa4 32. Nd2Ra2 33. Nb3Nb4 34. Qb1Nd5 35. Rc1Qa8 36. Rc8Qc8 37. Qa2Qc4 38. Qb1Qe2 39. Qc1Bg5 40. Qf1Qf3 41. h4